Meryl Streep, best actress for “Iron Lady”, George Clooney, best actor for “The Descendants”, which won the title of best dramatic movie.
Downton Abbey and Kate Winslet helped ensure another night of British success as both picked up awards at the 69th Golden Globes. The popular period drama bagged the gong for best television miniseries or movie, while Winslet was named best actress in a TV miniseries or movie for Mildred Pierce. And Idris Elba, best-known for his role as Stringer Bell in hit US show The Wire, won the award for best actor in a TV miniseries or movie for Luther. Meanwhile, Meryl Streep was among the night’s major winners as she was named best actress in a dramatic movie for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Streep thanked “everyone in England who let me come over there and trample over their history”. George Clooney won best actor for The Descendants, which also won the prestigious title of best dramatic movie.
As expected, silent-era film The Artist picked up three awards including best musical or comedy and best actor in a musical or comedy for its star, French actor Jean Dujardin.
Michelle Williams, recognized for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe, thanked the Globes for “putting in my hand the same award you put in Marilyn’s hand more than 50 years ago”.
Martin Scorsese was named best director for Hugo, a family film that marked his first 3D feature, while Steven Spielberg received the animated feature prize for The Adventures of Tintin. Veteran actor Christopher Plummer won the evening’s first award for his supporting role in Beginners. The female equivalent went to Octavia Spencer for her role as a domestic servant in The Help.
Pop star Madonna was recognized for Masterpiece, a song she wrote for her historical drama W.E. Iran’s A Separation received the award for best foreign language film, while Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris won best screenplay. And Shawshank Redemption star Morgan Freeman won the Cecil B DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.
The Golden Globes is one of the first major awards ceremonies in the run-up to the Oscars, to be held this year on 26 February. Both films and TV shows are recognized, with separate categories for dramas, comedies and mini-series or motion pictures made for television.